Wooden frame on which are pinned two flaps of cloth with a zip sewn in the middle between the flaps, holding them together.
Direct Aims - To teach a child how to zip and unzip.
Indirect Aims - To develop the child's:
Approximate age - from 2 ½ years onwards.
Presentation - This is an individual presentation
If the stair is correctly built the child will be able to name the rods from one to ten in the correct order. If the stair is built incorrectly, the stair will not be a smooth ascending stair, so visually, the child could see that it was not built correctly.
It was designed to:
This material was created to help develop the child’s muscles for holding a pencil correctly. It will also help to:
Children normally find difficulty in the beginning but will improve with practice. Encourage the child to practice often. Pay special attention to the child’s writing position and pencil grip to ensure the development of good writing habits.
These exercises are presented over a period of time as the child’s control of the pencil increases.
‘These drawings perfect a child’s skill in that they oblige him to draw lines of different lengths and make him ever more skillful and sure in the use of this hands… I do not believe that any means could be found more efficacious in gaining such a victory in less time and which could afford so much amusement to a child. " Discovery of the Child, Maria Montessori, Chapter 15.
Approximate Age: 3 to 4 years
Spindle boxes are wooden boxes with ten compartments with numerals 0 to 9 written at the back of the box.
The objective is to give the child further practice in associating each
numeral with the right number situation, and to introduce
the number and concept of 0.
When the exercise is completed, teacher shows the child how to place the materials back to its original place on the shelf. Teacher explains to the child that the materials must be returned to its place so that others may work on it and that he may work on the materials anytime he wishes to, on his own.
Approximate age: 3 and above.
pairs of the colors red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple, brown, pink,
grey, black and white in an easy to access wooden box.
tablet has wooden frames to facilitate handling.
This introduces the child to primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Experience with the boxes of colour tablets refines the chromatic sense and enriches the vocabulary.